Trump’s next Chief of Staff will be Nick Ayers, Pence’s current chief a staff. A political operative by trade, he will manage the President’s staff very differently from John Kelly. The Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump appears poised to make Nick Ayers his third chief of staff as he prepares for re-election, replacing John Kelly with a wunderkind political operative whose confident, no-nonsense manner has ruffled feathers but also stirred admiration.
Trump is poaching the 36-year-old Ayers from Vice President Mike Pence, for whom he has served as chief of staff since the summer of last year.
Beginning in his early 20s, Ayers served as campaign manager on gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, directed the Republican Governors Association, worked on the Trump-Pence 2016 operation, and advised several Republican candidates over the years as an outside consultant.
Ayers has a demanding management style that often chafed older subordinates. But his fans say he has proven himself a smart, effective political tactician.
Ayers would be the youngest White House Chief of Staff since Carter’s Hamilton Jordan. A fresh, politically savvy chief would be ideal for Trump in a time when relations with Congress will take greater importance.